Promoting moral Growth in a Summer sport camp: The Implementation of theoretically Grounded Instructional Strategies

Brenda Jo Bredemeier, Maureen R. Weiss, David L. Shields, Richard M. Shewchuk

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Abstract

The present field experiment was designed to explore the effectiveness of social learning and structural developmental prescriptions for moral pedagogy in a summer sports camp. Eighty-four children, aged five to seven years, were matched on relevant variables and randomly assigned to one of three classes: (a) social learning, (b) structural developmental, or (c) control. Each of the classes shared similar curricula and was taught by two trained instructors for a six-week period. Educators is the experimental conditions implemented theoretically grounded instructional strategies in their weekly emphasis on specific moral themes. Analyses indicated significant pre-to-post gains on a Piagetian intentionally task and a measure of distributive justice within both experimental groups, but MANCOVA results indicated differences between the experimental and control conditions only approached significance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-220
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Moral Education
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1986

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